BRAMPTON, ON – The following is a statement by Mayor Linda Jeffrey:
In my inaugural speech after being elected Mayor, I spoke of our collective dream to bring a university to our city. I heard loud and clear from my residents that they wanted Brampton to finally get a university. Residents told me they were devastated when the previous Council’s attempt failed and as one of the youngest and most diverse cities, residents, young and old, told me that bringing a university to our city needed to be my top priority.
Today, Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, along with Harinder Malhi, MPP Brampton-Springdale and Minister of the Status of Women, announced a new Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton.
This once-in-a-generation opportunity was made possible by the hard work of many leaders in our community who joined together in this shared dream. As one of my first acts as Mayor in 2015, I set up the Blue Ribbon Panel chaired by our former Premier, the Hon. William G. Davis. I knew we needed to build a workforce that could adapt to the demands of a technology-driven knowledge economy.
Last September, this Council made an historic unanimous commitment to invest $150 million into this partnership and a centre for education, innovation and collaboration as well as a new central library.
Situated in the heart of downtown Brampton, next to the GO Station, the Ontario Government is investing $90 million for the construction of the new site. Focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), programming will be delivered by Ryerson University in partnership with Sheridan College. The doors to this new campus will aim to be open in September 2022, supporting enrollment for up to 2000 students.
Our youth represent our future and Brampton’s university will excite and attract the best and brightest young minds. This announcement is a celebration of new beginnings—providing educational and job opportunities for our youth, which will pay dividends in years to come.
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Navdeep K. Dhaliwal
Senior Advisor to Mayor Linda Jeffrey, City of Brampton
416.527.0149 | Navdeep.Dhaliwal@brampton.ca